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On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition

An Informal Guide to Writing Nonfiction

This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.


On Writing Well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. It is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the Internet. Whether you want to write about people or places, science and technology, business, sports, the arts or about yourself in the increasingly popular memoir genre, On Writing Well offers you fundamental priciples as well as the insights of a distinguished writer and teacher. With more than a million copies sole, this volume has stood the test of time and remains a valuable resource for writers and would-be writers.

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For people who should hopefully be familiar with the publishing business (scouring the iBook Store for a resource to hone their writing skills) it is simply foolish to blame William Zinsser for that typo. Firstly, authors don't usually write the marketing "pitch lines" that get tacked onto the covers of their work. And secondly, even if they did...that is the task of a Proof Reader. So for those educated enough not to regard this as an indictment on the author's ability to write, or teach writing, I can highly recommend this book. I own it in print and now - motivated by the unjust, imbecilic 1 Star reviews - I am probably going to purchase an electronic version as well. Zinsser's advice is superb and succinct. This is a true classyc.

Great, great book

I can’t believe the stupidity of those people for criticizing an entire book for a single typo in the marketing blurb. I’m a professional writer, and “On Writing Well” is the book that put me on that path. It’s filled with great advice and examples, and anyone who’s serious about writing—whether you do it for a living or you just have to write email for work—will benefit from this. Buy it, read it, and follow its advice.

On Writing Well

The book starts strong, ends a bit mediocre.

But the writing itself is absolutely delightful.

On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Published: Sep 11, 2012
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial
  • Print Length: 336 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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